The training projects on the new Code of Civil Procedure and the new Code of Administrative Procedure of the National Office for the Judiciary ended successfully
The projects launched by the President of the National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) in the beginning of 2017 to prepare judges to the new Code of Civil Procedure and the new Code of Administrative Procedure ended successfully by reaching all their aims.
At the final event held on 18th April the Vice-president of the NOJ said thank you to the members for their essential help that they ensured for the preparation.
The civil jurisdiction had fundamentally changed after 65 years with the new Code of Civil Procedure and the independent Code of Administrative Procedure applicable since 1 January 2018. Two-thirds of the one and a half million cases arriving to the courts are affected by the changes. In order to guarentee the highest professional standards for the citizens after 1 January 2018 as well the preparation had to be realized in predetermined steps, planned within as tight deadline as the complexity of the tasks enabled. The NOJ executed this preparation by project organisations, in which judges and judicial employees were involved which proved to be a concentrated, efficient and flexible method.
The members of the E-Codex CPC and E-Codex APC project organisations were selected from the judges who had participated earlier in the establishments of the acts, representing all levels of the judicial system. More than 600 judges – one-fifth part of all the judges in Hungary – worked in these two projects as authors of the training materials, lectors or lecturers.
During the period of providing opinions on the codes and the several connecting rules, hundrends of sheets of remarks and proposals with reasonings as drafted law were made by summarising the remarks of the judicial system. After promulgating the codes information guides were created to help the judges and the clients. As a result of the projects, online training materials of 1800 and 860 pages were created, furthermore legal volumes and commentaries were purchased for the affected court employees. The most modern educational technologies appeared in these training materials as well, like uploaded presentations, videos and podcasts. The 8 and 3 days long courses coordinated by the working groups of the projects responsible for trainings were held with unified professional contents and standards with approximately 3000 participants. During the preparation of the administrative and management tasks and IT developments the necessary professional materials were created also in the project (like samples of summons, lists of nature of cases, completion methods).
For the trainings on the three procedure codes 233 million HUF per year, altogether 466 million HUF in 2017 and 2018 were available from the budgetary provision which had to cover the costs of the writing and reviewing of the training materials, the editing, the fees of the lecturers and members of the projects and the costs of the material expenses (e.g. legal volumes, commentaries, videos). According to the final results, the E-Codex CPC was realized from 188 million HUF, which was 80 million HUF less than it was planned, while the E-Codex APC was realized from 53 million HUF, which was 42 million HUF less than planned. The trainings will continue in 2018. Furthermore the E-Codex Criminal Procedure Code project supporting the preparation for the new Criminal Procedure Code which is entering into force on 1 July 2018. is still in progress and the remaining fiscal framework will cover it.
The participants of the E-Codex CPC and APC had been working in the projects for one year beside their judicial and administrative duties, and thank to their devoted work the judicial system is ready for the new cases.
The NOJ had been continously publishing all the documents and professional materials connecting to the operations of the project organisations which are currently available on the intranet subpage created only for this purpose.
The success of the project organisations is the success of the whole judicial system for which many thanks to all the participants.